Early life[ edit ] Hilary was born at Poitiers either at the end of the 3rd or beginning of the 4th century A. He received a good pagan education,  which included a high level of Greek. At that time Arianism threatened to overrun the Western Church; Hilary undertook to repel the disruption. One of his first steps was to secure the excommunication , by those of the Gallican hierarchy who still remained orthodox Christians, of Saturninus, the Arian Bishop of Arles , and of Ursacius of Singidunum and Valens of Mursa , two of his prominent supporters. The traditional explanation is that Hilary was exiled for refusing to subscribe to the condemnation of Athanasius and the Nicene faith.
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There will be an introductory essay giving a short overview of the chosen text along with modern applications. I pray that these short portions of church history are a weekly blessing to you! In doing Church Father Friday I have been greatly encouraged through the writings of long-dead saints. Sola Scriptura is vital to the Christian faith and protects us from traditionalism. In his memory, we will consider the many contributions that he made to Christology and Theology Proper The study of the person and works of Christ and the being of God respectively.
This sub-series of Church Father Friday will read differently than the previous entries in CFF in that I will consider the work as a whole. Instead of reading one or two chapters in a book we will overview an entire book by quoting various chapters There are 12 books and numerous chapters in this work. This week we will spend a short time in Book I. De Trinitate by Hilary of Poitiers Book I In Book 1, Hilary introduces himself to the reader through detailing his own spiritual journey and growth in chapter 1 — This is followed by an explanation of his reason for writing the work, to combat heresies, in chapters 15 — He finishes Book I with an overview of each following book and the main points therein chapters There can be no comparison between God and earthly things, yet the weakness of our understanding forces us to seek for illustrations from a lower sphere to explain our meaning about loftier themes.
Throughout De Trinitate Hilary will use examples that would be considered a type of Subordinationism today. But Hilary wisely explains the logic, and limits, of the analogies to follow in De Trinitate. We will discuss these analogies, and their shortcomings, when we reach them. And it could estimate how high are these truths above the mental vision of man; for the reason which deals with the common objects of thought can conceive of nothing as existent beyond what it perceives within itself or can create out of itself.
My soul measured the mighty workings of God, wrought on the scale of His eternal omnipotence, not by its own powers of perception but by a boundless faith; and therefore refused to disbelieve, because it could not understand, that God was in the beginning with God, and that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, but bore in mind the truth that with the will to believe would come the power to understand.
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On the Trinity
Hilary of Poitiers on the Trinity: From De Fide to De Trinitate